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Millions of people were involved in or influenced by the protest and social change movements of the 1960s. Today, they are moms, dads, even grandparents. They are teachers, architects, artists, entrepreneurs. Having intimations of mortality, they are searching for their identities—what formed them, and why they have become who they are.
Based on recent interviews, this unique sixties book brings together the voices of the Left leaders who spawned the sixties movements. Many remain activists today, and experience and the passage of time allow them to transcend nostalgia to form more realistic perspectives on past, present, and future. They discuss the civil rights and antiwar movements, the political outcome of the sixties, patriotism, terror, and the role of young people in the future. Important gains were made during the sixties, but there were many setbacks, too, that influence today’s voters, leaders, candidates, and our day-to-day realities. The sixties of this book are not simply a sweet memory of marijuana and album rock; there were many casualties, including innocence and youthful idealism.
Agger concludes with reflections on the possibilities of a next Left, which was already faintly visible in young people’s massive support of Obama’s presidential candidacy.
Chapter 1 Time It Was: Telling the Sixties Politically
Chapter 2 Timeline of the Sixties (Which Began Earlier)
Chapter 3 Port Huron and the New Left
Chapter 4 Bringing the War Home: Weatherman and Radical Dissent
Chapter 5 Love of Country
Chapter 6 Who Won the Sixties?
Chapter 7 Black Before White: From Civil Rights to Black and Brown Power and the Women’s Movement
Chapter 8 We Were Young Once: Our Children and the Next Left
Chapter 9 My Sixties at Fiftysomething
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